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Irish guitar virtuoso Rory Gallagher ignited a legacy that many rock and blues musicians worship and emulate to this day. On September 14, Eagle Rock Entertainment will issue two releases paying tribune to this rock iconGhost Blues 2DVD set and The Beat Club Sessions CD.
The 2 DVD set, running 179 minutes in total, is the complete Rory Gallagher experience, both revealing his background as a musical artist and tapping into his dominating stage presence. Ghost Blues, the first disc in the set, is the first complete and fully authorized documentary of Rory Gallagher's life and career. The documentary threads together live footage, archive interviews with Rory, and contributions from his many friends and admirers, including his brother Donal, Bob Geldof, The Edge (U2), Cameron Crowe, Slash, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), and his former band members Ted McKenna and Gerry McAvoy, as well as many others.
After traversing Rory's roots, The Beat Club Sessions portion digs into his prowess as a trailblazing electric blues-rock performer. These live recordings are drawn from three different appearances on German TV's Beat Club program in the early seventies. The video footage is captured on disc 2 of the DVD package and via select audio on the CD release. With over 90 minutes of previously unreleased material, these performances capture Gallagher in his element, playing classic songs from his first two solo albums that would remain staples throughout his career.
Track Listing: Ghost Blues 2DVD
DISC 1:Ghost Blues documentary
DISC 2:The Beat Club Sessions 1.) Laundromat 2.) Hands Up 3.) Sinnerboy 4.) Just The Smile 5.) Used To Be 6.) In Your Town 7.) Should've Learned My Lesson 8.) Crest of a Wave 9.) Tore Down 10.) Pistol Slapper Blues 11.) I Don't Know Where I'm Going 12.) Going To My Hometown 13.) I Could've Had Religion 14.) McAvoy Boogie 15.) Hoodoo Man 16.) Messin' With The Kid
The Beat Club Sessions CD: 1.) Laudromat 2.) Hands Up 3.) Sinnerboy 4.) Just The Smile 5.) I Don't Know Where I'm Going 6.) I Could've Had Religion 7.) Used To Be 8.) In Your Town 9.) Should've Learned My Lesson 10.) Crest of a Wave 11.) Tore Down 12.) Messin' With The Kid
A taste of the man so you know what ya missed out on...
And check out the JamBase review of a primo Rory Gallagher compilation released year.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.